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she really feel that they are true? Does she at first think that God's love is too great a blessing for any but those who hold such offices in the Church as that of Bishop? Is is not a very happy moment for her when she suddenly begins to realize that she too shares in this blessing? What feelings must show themselves in her face and voice as she sings the New Year's hymn?
Notice how soon the thought of the little song that each one's place and work in the world is as important as another's affects Pippa. “I can be as useful to God and dear to men as other people are,” she exclaims to herself. What then do you think is her hope as she leaves her bare room for the cheerful world outdoors, to begin her holiday?
Page 301. Does it not seem as if all the brightness of the morning has found its way into Pippa's song? What lines especially show that she still feels the influence of the New Year's hymn ? Notice how wicked and miserable the lovers are made to seem by contrast with the innocent, light-hearted little girl who passes the window. Would you have liked this scene better if Pippa had known of the effect of her song?
Page 305. Did not Kate the Queen, as she listened in secret with such eager interest when the page was singing of the devotion and valor with which he would like to serve her, show that love takes away all differences in rank? How then is this song called to Pippa's mind by the New Year's hymn? Do you think that this song is just what Jules needs, or would he be moved in the same way by either of the other songs that Pippa has sung?
Page 307. Do you feel more sorry for Luigi, or for his mother, in this scene? Since Luigi has health and riches and one of the kindest of mothers, why can he not be content? What does he think he must do to repay the world for the favor it has shown him?
Page 308. What lines show that Luigi is of a poetic nature? Do you think that he is carried away with foolish enthusiasm to become a hero, or is he a real patriot? Does he seem cruel to his mother in holding to his purpose of dying for his country?
Page 310. Notice how much Luigi's imagination is like Pippa's when he speaks of June as a god, leading through the world all the beauties and wonders of the summer.
Of what other ruler is Luigi thinking all the time that Pippa is singing of the good king? What is meant by the line, "When earth was nigher heaven than now?” Do you think that if you were an artist you could paint a portrait of the old king from the poet's description ?
Page 311. Can you see why it was a fine idea on the poet's part to picture the king as sitting in the bright sunlight while he judged the dark deeds of the guilty ones brought before him? What do you think it really was that made the wicked Python turn away from the king and leave him in peace?
Page 313. To whom does Luigi liken the Python in the song? Does he mean that he himself, as a reward for his patriotic deed, will win a crown such as a king wears, and will sit upon a throne? If not, what is the crown that he thinks God will give him?
Page 314. Does not this little nature song make you think of the tender care with which Pippa has watched her martagon grow? Do lines five, six or seven seem true, or are they only fanciful? After reading this song, can you see better why it is that Pippa likes to talk to the sunbeam and flower, and other things of nature, as if they could hear and answer her?
Page 315. Do you feel sorry for Pippa when she comes back to her room tired and rather discouraged? Or, do you like to think of how surprised and happy she will be when her father's fortune is given her and she can help other people more than she has ever before dreamed or hoped? Do you think that the close of the play would seem as interesting and touching if some one were to tell Pippa how important a part she has played in the lives of the Happiest Four in Asolo?
THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS
By ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Note.—On the nineteenth of November, 1863, a great crowd of people was gathered on the battlefield of Gettysburg to dedicate a beautiful monument, which had been erected to the memory of those gallant soldiers who, but four months before, had fallen in their effort to prevent a further invasion of the north. It was a ceremonious occasion, and Edward Everett, the orator of the day, delivered one of his eloquent and polished addresses. On the same day, and at the same place, Abraham Lincoln, then president of the United States, spoke the few words which follow. The oration of Everett has been forgotten except by the scholarly, while almost every one knows what Lincoln said.
OURSCORE and seven years ago, our
fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing
whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it